Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Ephesians 5:21–5:33
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got".
The Definition of Insanity
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
The Big Principle
What you INVEST into something is what you can EXPECT out of something.
The Big Idea
The more we invest in our marriages, the greater the odds are for a better marriage.
Ephesians 5:21-33 NIV
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
The Foundational Investments
The FOUNDATIONAL INVESTMENT for a husband is LOVE for his wife.
Ephesians 5:25 NIV
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
The Definition of LOVE
Love is an action we CHOOSE every single day to lay aside the selfish tendencies we have of self protection and self gratification and look to the needs of our spouse.
The Foundational Investments (cont.)
The FOUNDATIONAL INVESTMENT for a wife is RESPECT for her husband.
Ephesians 5:22 NIV
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:33 NIV
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
The Definition of Submission
Submission = the willing action of placing one's self under the leadership and guidance of another. This is not done out of obligation or duty or force... but out of love and respect for the one being submitted to.
THE word that changes it all
TIME to Invest
1. FACE TIME 2. SIDE-BY-SIDE TIME 3. DATE TIME 4. QUIET TIME 5. ALONE TIME 6. PRIVATE TIME
The Bottom Line
The more we INVEST in our marriages, the greater the odds are for a better marriage.